We've all got our excuses why we're not exercising. Here are some tips on how to deal with three major motivation drainers.
Put working out on your to-do list as you would an appointment or meeting. Aim for mornings because you're more likely to be distracted later in the day, says Scott Crabiel, a personal training coordinator at Akron General Health and Wellness Center. "If [exercise] is on the schedule, it's much more likely you're going to get that done," he says.
Being awakened every couple hours by that new crying bundle of joy can sap your desire to hit the gym in a hurry. Focus on getting sleep by going to bed earlier or letting family and friends take care of your newborn for a couple hours. "When you're well-rested, you're going to feel good naturally and your motivation is going to be higher," Crabiel says.
Your significant other
Sharing the same environment as your couch potato spouse can flip your motivated mindset. Instead, join a health club or take a group fitness class with active friends. "Spend more time with people who are doing the things or being the person that you would like to become," Crabiel says.